Unemployment Insurance Claims Memos


  • Ohio Experienced the Largest Single One Month Increase in Unemployment Claims Ever in March 2020

    April 12, 2020

    Ohio experienced a dramatic increase in unemployment claims in 2020. In March of 2019 there were 16,496 new claims. In comparison in March 2020 there were approximately 285,000 new claims. The one month total is the highest it has ever been.

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  • Ohio’s Unemployment Impacts Every Region, County and Zip Code

    April 13, 2020

    Unemployment affects every community in Ohio. Each of Ohio’s 88 counties saw a massive increase in weekly unemployment claims since March 15 2020.¹ While urban communities such as Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo experienced the most rapid increases in claims, smaller regional towns and cities saw major increases. The following map provides a visual representation of claims filed in January - March 2020 in comparison with the same period in 2019.

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  • The Initial Impact of Unemployment Claims Surge on Industries in Ohio

    April 14, 2020

    The most recent surge in unemployment claims has impacted individuals differently depending on their industry of employment. For industries that are regionally concentrated, the impact of job losses varies across the state. Job losses in Accommodation and Food Services, for instance, are relatively evenly spread across Ohio. In contrast, health care employment has surged in some areas as layoffs have dramatically increased in other locations.

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  • April Was the Cruelest Month for Unemployment Ever in Ohio History

    May 22, 2020

    Between January 1 and April 25, 1.1 million people applied for unemployment benefits in Ohio. The 1.1 million people who are newly unemployed in Ohio are approximately equal to the entire population of Franklin or Cuyahoga County. This turn of events is dramatic and rapid. Looking at a single week, April 25, 2020, there were 776,000 people filing continuing claims and 92,920 people filing initial claims. These represent increases of more than 1500% from the same week in 2019

    You can download the memo graphics here.

Current Projects


  • The Child Nutrition Data Project

    The Child Nutrition Data Project is a data analytics project designed to better direct resources for meal assistance programs to public school districts in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project innovative project brings together unemployment claims data, education data, and food bank data in Ohio, to provide useful information to ensure children and their families across Ohio are meeting nutritional needs. This project was funded through a COVID-19 seed grant from The Ohio State University’s Office of Research.


You can also read our COVID-19 blog post here.




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